Manchester United players feel like ‘robots’ and are unhappy with Louis van Gaal – report

by Ben Topliss

The training ground ‘row’ that has emerged at Manchester United is due to the players feeling like ‘robots’, according to MailOnline’s Mike Keegan.

Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney reportedly confronted Louis van Gaal earlier this season as they were unhappy with the rigid nature of the Dutchman’s system.

Members of the club’s non-playing staff are also said to be upset after van Gaal ordered them to eat separately from the players at Man United’s Carrington training ground.

The squad, who reportedly feel like they are wearing ‘straitjackets’ at United, did not get a single day off in three weeks in the build-up to the Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge.

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“Nobody is allowed to take a chance. They feel like they are wearing straitjackets. Everything is in zones. It’s a case of ‘you can only go this far’. The feeling is that they are being turned into robots,” a source told MailOnline.

“Everything is structured. The manager enjoys a laugh but they rarely see that on the training ground. It’s a case of you work here and you have a laugh outside. He is set in his ways. Because they have worked before he is unwilling to change them.”

It is worrying for the news to come out just days before the clash against Liverpool this weekend. United have gone through an indifferent start to the campaign and a win at Old Trafford on Saturday is vital. Van Gaal cannot afford to lose the dressing room if he is to continue at United, as David Moyes found out during his time in charge of the club.

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